#thirstythursday / fighting the urge to blame everyone else

the daily Starr thirsty thursday

It’s been one of those days.

One of those days where most of my day didn’t go as planned. Have you had a day like this lately?

My middle child didn’t cooperate this morning getting ready, causing me to be late to drop off the oldest child at summer camp and then late to my meeting at work.

Road construction caused a 20 minute delay in getting to an orthodontist appointment that was already an hour away.

My orthodontist shared the wonderful news that I needed braces…AGAIN. No. Comment. After. Invisalign. For. 4+ years.

The hour trip home from the orthodontist turned into a 90 minute trip through the country because of a wreck on the interstate and traffic that was at a standstill.

And this was all before 2pm!!!

I caught myself getting so aggravated inside (and maybe a tad on the outside, yelling at my oldest for standing outside the car door farting around when it was time to get moving).

As I took the country roads home I had a LOT of time to think. It suddenly hit me that I’d been trying to blame everyone else for everything going wrong in my day.

Kylie can’t help she isn’t a morning person – ummmm let’s just say the apple doesn’t fall far from the 6ft mama tree. How many times have I been the one that made our family late??

Road construction is a part of life and the point is to actually make our roads more efficient for the future. This is a good thing, even though it can be crippling at moments.

My orthodontist can’t help that my teeth won’t stop moving. Geeez, my mouth doesn’t cooperate in more ways than one!!

The person in the accident certainly didn’t plan for that part of their day. It made for a crazy afternoon, but at least I can be grateful I made it home safely.

It’s so easy to blame everyone else. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of being a victim. This is a battle I fight often.

God, help me to see life through a different lens. I want to see through Your eyes. I want to see hope. I want to see life. I want to see forgiveness and grace.

Oh, how I want to live out Your grace.

This verse for today’s #thirstythursday hits home –

Romans 2:1 (NLT)

You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things.

Wow.

I mean, I wasn’t calling Kylie wicked because she refused to get out of the bed, but I might have thought it!! And to think I do the very same thing…

Lord, keep my perspective on You and not on who to blame when things don’t go my way. I want more of You and less of me, even on my bad days, ESPECIALLY on my bad days.

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